Which contact lens solution do I need?

There are a variety of contact lens cleaning solutions including hydrogen peroxide and saline solutions, and multi purpose solution. You'll also find that contact solution ingredients vary and many opt for a preservative free contact lens solution. Saline solution for contacts usually offer this and tend to be a popular choice for rinsing and wetting soft lenses. 

If you wear monthly contact lenses, two weekly contact lenses, or yearly contact lenses, it’s important to take care of them properly.

Two weekly or monthly contact lenses can be worn daily but must be removed at night. They'll then need to be cleaned thoroughly and stored using a contact lens solution. This will ensure they are fresh, clean and hygienic to wear the next morning. Your eyes will be less prone to irritation and you'll find more comfort in wearing your contact lenses. 

If you’re a rigid gas permeable contact lens wearer you can  find a range of solutions suited to clean your contacts.

Most contact lens wearers opt for soft contact lenses. Wearing soft lenses means you have a bigger variety of options for your contact lens cleaning routine.

What are multi-purpose contact lens solutions?

The most convenient of soft contact lens solutions are multi-purpose solutions. These offer an all-in-one product designed to clean, disinfect, rinse and store your contact lenses.

Most are suitable for all soft contact lenses, however there are even multi-purpose contact lens solutions for rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

Multipurpose solution is the best solution for those with a hectic, busy lifestyle. After a full day of wear, just remove your lenses, cover with multi-purpose solution and rub gently to loosen any dirt or debris. Once you have done this, you can rinse them again with fresh solution. You can then proceed to fill up your contact lens case with more solution and place your lenses inside to store overnight. Multi-purpose solution can even be used to rinse your contact lens case when you’ve taken your lenses out. There is no need for a separate cleaning solution or disinfection solution. 

An all-in-one product such as our multi-purpose contact lens solutions will save you time and effort to ensure that your lenses are clean and clear and that your eyes are free from irritation. 


What are rigid gas permeable contact lens solutions?

When cleaning rigid and gas permeable contact lenses, you'll need to use a rigid gas permeable contact lens solution.

These contact lens solutions have been specifically designed to clean the surfaces of rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Rigid gas permeable lenses don’t feature any water in their design and are predominantly made from silicone. As a result, these lenses require a different type of solution for cleaning.

Fortunately, you can find a range of RGP solutions tailored to different contact lens cleaning needs.

Best gas permeable contact lens solution

We provide rigid gas permeable contact lens solutions that offer a two-step process for cleaning and neutralising your contact lenses. Our Boston Advance and Total Care solutions are the best for gas permeable contacts. Alternatively, you can find convenient multi-purpose contact lens solution for rigid gas permeable contact lenses such as Boston Simplus.

It is important to use the correct contact lens cleaning solution in order to prevent eye irritation. Using the right lens solution will also ensure your lenses provide your eyes with optimal comfort throughout the day. 


What are saline solutions?

Saline solutions are gentle, preservative-free contact lens solutions, comprised of a sterile mix of salt and water. These solutions are suitable for rinsing and storing your soft contact lenses. They will wash away any dirt or debris from the surface and rewet your lenses to enhance comfort.

Due to their disinfectant-free design, saline solutions are not suitable for cleaning or disinfecting your lenses.Instead, you’ll need to use a contact lens cleaner prior to using saline. This will ensure your eyes don't suffer irritation. However, you’ll still find saline solution an effective product to use for the final steps of your contact lens cleaning routine.

Saline solution is therefore a useful tool in your contact lens cleaning kit. If your contact lens picks dirt or dust during the day, remove the lens and rinse it saline solution.

Popular saline solutions include Lens Plus and Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution.

Which is the best contact lens solution for sensitive eyes?

Sensitive eyes can experience irritation easily so it's best to find the right lens care product for you. Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution is a quality product from Bausch & Lomb. It can be used to rinse your lenses after they have been cleaned and disinfected – usually with hydrogen peroxide solution. The gentle formula is ideal for those who suffer from dry eyes and can be used with all soft contact lenses including silicone hydrogel contacts. 

You'll find this solution will enable your vision to be crisp and clear when wearing contacts as well as increase your comfort in wearing them.


What are hydrogen peroxide contact lens solutions?

Hydrogen peroxide contact lens solutions typically provide a deeper clean and achieve a higher level of hygiene than other solutions. They are also better suited to sensitive eyes.

These solutions have been designed to take care of cleaning, disinfecting, rinsing and storing all soft contact lenses. They don’t contain the preservatives often featured in multi-purpose contact lens solutions. This makes them ideal for anyone allergic to preservatives, or for those with ultra-sensitive eyes. They will provide comfort to your everyday wearing and you'll be able to see clearly through your lenses.

Hydrogen peroxide solutions come with a special contact lens case, featuring a basket to go inside the case. To clean your lenses with this solution, just place your lens in the basket and rinse with a few drops of solution. This should be done before adding the basket to your solution-filled storage case and leaving it overnight. 

Some of these specialised contact lens cases will have a built-in neutraliser. Neutralising the hydrogen peroxide solution ensures your contact lenses are safe to wear. Doing this also minimises the risk of irritation or discomfort. Solutions such as EasySept and AOsept Plus HydraGlyde offer these specialised contact lens cases. Oxysept 1 Step is accompanied by a supply of neutralising tablets to add to the solution-filled case. They work to neutralise your lenses, ensuring they’re safe to wear again.


Does contact lens solution expire?

Yes, contact lens solution always has an expiration date, regardless of whether it’s a multi-purpose, saline, hydrogen peroxide or RGP solution.

Using contact lens solution after its expiration date can be hazardous due to contamination. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria or an infection, causing irritation to the eye.

You should therefore always check the expiration date when you open your new bottle and know when your current bottle is going to expire.

Which contact lens solution can I use to store my extended wear contact lenses?

If you need to remove your extended wear contact lenses you should make sure you store them in a contact lens case filled with fresh solution.

You’ll need to use a cleaning and storing solution for your extended wear lenses before you put them back in. This will help to eliminate any dirt or protein build-up on the lens, as well as rewet and condition your lenses for a comfortable wear.

For cleaning and storing extended wear contact lenses, you’ll need to use a multi-purpose solution, a hydrogen peroxide solution. You can also use a combination of both a contact lens cleaner and saline solution. Alternatively, if your extended wear lenses are RGP contact lenses, you can use a rigid gas permeable contact lens solution to clean and store them.

Can you put contact lens solution in your eyes?

Some believe that putting contact lens solution in your eyes can eliminate dry eye. Rather than putting contact solution in your eyes, it is recommended that you use eye drops. Eye drops have been designed to add additional moisture to your eyes and can treat dry eyes as well as other irritations and general discomfort. 

Can I carry contact lens solution on a plane?

One of the difficulties of being a contact lens wearer, is looking after your lenses when you go on holiday. Contact lens solution is typically sold in larger bottles that don’t comply with airport regulations. These regulations state that liquids under 100ml can’t be packed into hand luggage.

Fortunately, you can keep up with the same contact lens cleaning routine when you purchase one of our travel packs containing contact lens solution. All under 100ml, these travel packs can provide enough contact lens solution to last you for your holiday away. They are often available in multi-packs with contact lens cases provided.

Read our full guide on how to look after your contact lenses on holiday.

Check out our in-depth guide on cleansing your contact lenses to avoid infections and dry eyes.